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LAPD officers who stopped Hollywood gunman's rampage honored

LA Times blog

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief Charlie Beck on Friday showered praise on the three officers who confronted a gunman firing on people in Hollywood last week.

Suspect from LAPD's 'most wanted' list arrested at LAX

Torrance Daily Breeze

One of the Los Angeles Police Department's "most wanted" suspects was arrested as he was getting off a flight from South Korea to Los Angeles International Airport, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said today.

With illegal immigrants in mind, LAPD to change impound rules

LA Times

The change would let unlicensed drivers summon someone with a license, who would then be allowed to drive the car away. Chief Charlie Beck calls it a fairness issue. The police union opposes the plan.

NTSB recommends ban on driver cell phone use

LA Times

States should ban all driver use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies, the National Transportation Board said Tuesday.

California's DUI deaths reach all-time low

LA Times blog

The number of drunk driving-related deaths dropped to a record low in California in 2010, marking the largest single-year decline in DUI fatalities in the last 14 years, a new report says.

Hollywood gunman: Friends tell LAPD of drug use, depression

LA Times blog

Friends of the gunman who opened fire on a street in Hollywood last week said 26-year-old Tyler Brehm had been acting strangely in recent weeks and appeared to be taking heavy drugs.

Amnesty for Unlicensed, Uninsured Drivers with Unregistered Cars


So much for public safety.

Number of police officers killed in line of duty spikes in 2011


The number of police officers who have died in the line of duty in 2011 has increased 14 percent nationwide from last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Hollywood shootout: Music executive dies of injuries

LA Times blog

A music executive who was critically injured by a gunman who opened fire Friday on passing motorists in Hollywood has died of the gunshot wounds he sustained, Los Angeles police said.

Hollywood gunman wanted to 'change the world,' ex-girlfriend says

LA Times blog

The ex-girlfriend of the man who opened fire on a street in Hollywood on Friday said he wanted to "change the world for the better."

Feds: Phoning, texting killed 3,092 in car crashes last year

USA Today

The government says that 3,092 people died last year in "distraction-affected" crashes, a newly refined measurement meant to tally the effect of texting, phoning or simply answering a call while driving.

Traffic death rate falls to record low

LA Times blog

Traffic deaths in 2010 fell to their lowest levels in more than 60 years, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

LAPD chief pays tribute to late 'Dragnet' star Harry Morgan

LA Times blog

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck had a word of tribute for Harry Morgan, the actor who played half of the classic "Dragnet" TV detective team.

LAPD: Don’t leave valuable property in vehicles

Eagle Rock Patch

Auto detectives warn that many car burglars are drug addicts who take undue risks to commit crimes.

To avoid more layoffs, San Jose cops tentatively agree to extend 10 percent pay cuts

San Jose Mercury News

Trying to head off more layoffs of cops, San Jose's police union Wednesday tentatively agreed to continue 10 percent pay cuts for at least another year and a half.

Police union seeks grass-roots support

LA Daily News

In this age of perpetual campaigns, the Los Angeles Police Protective League is beginning to develop a grass-roots level of support for 2013 with a pilot program in three council districts.

California homicide rate drops 7.8 percent in 2010


A state government report said on Friday that California's homicide rate fell by 7.8 percent in 2010 to the lowest level since 1966, in-line with a U.S. drop in violent crimes that researchers have attributed in part to better police work.

California drivers now say cell phone use is worst road danger - topping drunk driving

Sacramento Bee

In what safety officials call a dramatic reversal, Californians now believe talking on a cell phone while driving is more dangerous than speeding, aggressive driving or drunk driving.

Occupy L.A.: Police Chief Charlie Beck is relieved, satisfied

LA Times blog

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck took in the scene of hundreds of his officers lining the City Hall lawn early Wednesday with a look of clear satisfaction and relief on his face.

Occupy L.A.: Mayor Villaraigosa praises police sweep

LA Times

As he toured the former Occupy L.A. campsite, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday morning praised Police Chief Charlie Beck and his officers for their professionalism and restraint in clearing the park around City Hall of protesters.

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